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Skipping Stars Productions LLC is an activities, educational, events and fundraising organization serving communities, neighborhoods and individuals in and around Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek, AZ.

Grandma Berling’s Recipe For Egg Dumplings

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Grandma Berling's Recipe For Egg DumplingsThis week, Mary Lynn from the Vocalpoint team shares a recipe from her grandmother. It’s the first of several recipes you’ll see over the next few months that feature stories from the families of your leading ladies at Vocalpoint! 

My Grandma Berling (my mom’s mother) used to make these delicious egg dumplings and she’d serve them over chicken and vegetables or pork and sauerkraut – a German dish.  She had 9 children (my mom was #8!) so grandma always needed to feed a small army.

She and my grandpa owned a dairy – The Berling Dairy – and grandpa would be working all day at the dairy while the girls scooped ice cream at the dairy and the boys drove milk trucks — back when milk was delivered door-to-door!  My grandma would get home in time to cook a hearty meal to feed the family and this was one of her favorites.  Like many from her generation, my grandma didn’t actually use a recipe…she knew it by heart and would use a pinch of this and a dash of that.  This recipe is the one that most closely resembles what grandma used to make!   My mom has continued the tradition and makes this for our family as well.  Enjoy!

Makes anywhere from 10-15 dumplings, depending on how large your spoonfuls are!

Ingredients 1 1/2 C flour 2 small eggs, beaten 1/2 C water Dash of salt

Directions Mix ingredients and stir until smooth. Drop from wet teaspoon into boiling soup or salted water. Cook uncovered until dumplings come to top.

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This afternoon I got VERY EXCITED because a photograph I posted to Historypin was tweeted as a Pin of the Day:

I call this photograph ‘Military Baking’. It comes from my great-grandfather’s First World War pictures; he spent the War in Malta, obviously doing something to do with cooking. This is one of my favourites from the collection – I just love the whole set-up; the rolls arranged in neat rows, and the men standing almost to attention behind the table. Then there are the moustaches and the hats to marvel at, and the presence of the young boy to wonder at. I’d love to know whether it was taken in a spirit of seriousness or of comedy.

Historypin is a brilliant idea; it lets individuals or organisations upload photographs, and pin them to a map of the world. It’s especially cool if you have a photograph taken on the street…

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Bisbee’s Copper Queen Hotel: Lunch and legends

On our road trip back to Santa Fe from Tucson, we decided to go the scenic route and ended up in historic Bisbee just in time for lunch. It was a sunny day and so we decided to look for a place to have lunch outdoors. After all, once we returned to Santa Fe, it would be months before we could dine al fresco again.

Copper Queen Hotel
There’s nothing better than lunch at the hotel which once was a gathering place in the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco (in rural southern Arizona). Completed in 1902, the Copper Queen Hotel was Bisbee’s upscale hotel for dignitaries and investors. It still has an air of elegance with beautiful stained glass windows, elegant dining room, and overstuffed Victorian furniture in the lobby.

Originally, the hotel boasted 73 rooms with shared baths at the end of the hall on each floor. While retaining Victorian charm, the hotel now has fewer rooms but, of course, each room has a private bath.

Take a peek into the rich wood saloon and you’ll be taken back to the days of mining executives who enjoyed the luxury and wood tones of the bar. Of interest in the saloon is the 100+ year old, nearly life size, portrait of Lillie Langtry. Lillie was a stage actress from Jersey, England around the turn of the century. Legend has it that she was the love interest of Edward, Prince of Wales, later to be King Edward VII. She was Judge Roy Bean of Texas’ lady love, but he never met her.

We enjoyed lunch on the veranda overlooking the narrow street. Lavender tour jeeps appeared to pick up customers, mining trucks drove by and the sun warmed us. We enjoyed sandwiches. The waiter had recommended the Momma’s Mango Chutney chicken salad sandwich and it was excellent. The sandwich consisted of grilled chicken breast folded into a mixture of mango chutney, chopped celery and almonds served on a croissant. My turkey and pepper sandwhich wasn’t quite as memorable. But what the heck, it was a glorious place for a break from the road trip.

Since the Copper Queen Hotel is just steps away from the main street, we strolled old Bisbee after lunch enjoying the history, the shops and the rambling streets. It was an excellent lunch stop as well as a great place for a several-day getaway.

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When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

Pink and blue arrived as colors for babies in the mid-19th century, yet the two colors were not promoted as gender signifiers until just before World War I.



Every generation brings a new definition of masculinity and femininity that manifests itself in children’s dress

Little Franklin Delano Roosevelt sits primly on a stool, his white skirt spread smoothly over his lap, his hands clasping a hat trimmed with a marabou feather. Shoulder-length hair and patent leather party shoes complete the ensemble.

We find the look unsettling today, yet social convention of 1884, when FDR was photographed at age 2 1/2, dictated that boys wore dresses until age 6 or 7, also the time of their first haircut. Franklin’s outfit was considered gender-neutral.

But nowadays people just have to know the sex of a baby or young child at first glance, says Jo B. Paoletti, a historian at the University of Maryland and author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America, to be published later this year. Thus we see, for example, a pink headband encircling the bald head of an infant girl.

Why have young children’s clothing styles changed so dramatically? How did we end up with two “teams”—boys in blue and girls in pink?

“It’s really a story of what happened to neutral clothing,” says Paoletti, who has explored the meaning of children’s clothing for 30 years. For centuries, she says, children wore dainty white dresses up to age 6. “What was once a matter of practicality—you dress your baby in white dresses and diapers; white cotton can be bleached—became a matter of ‘Oh my God, if I dress my baby in the wrong thing, they’ll grow up perverted,’ ” Paoletti says.

The march toward gender-specific clothes was neither linear nor rapid. Pink and blue arrived, along with other pastels, as colors for babies in the mid-19th century, yet the two colors were not promoted as gender signifiers until just before World War I—and even then, it took time for popular culture to sort things out.

For example, a June 1918 article from the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department said, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Other sources said blue was flattering for blonds, pink for brunettes; or blue was for blue-eyed babies, pink for brown-eyed babies, according to Paoletti.

In 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing sex-appropriate colors for girls and boys according to leading U.S. stores. In Boston, Filene’s told parents to dress boys in pink. So did Best & Co. in New York City, Halle’s in Cleveland and Marshall Field in Chicago.

Today’s color dictate wasn’t established until the 1940s, as a result of Americans’ preferences as interpreted by manufacturers and retailers. “It could have gone the other way,” Paoletti says.

So the baby boomers were raised in gender-specific clothing. Boys dressed like their fathers, girls like their mothers. Girls had to wear dresses to school, though unadorned styles and tomboy play clothes were acceptable.

When the women’s liberation movement arrived in the mid-1960s, with its anti-feminine, anti-fashion message, the unisex look became the rage—but completely reversed from the time of young Franklin Roosevelt. Now young girls were dressing in masculine—or at least unfeminine—styles, devoid of gender hints. Paoletti found that in the 1970s, the Sears, Roebuck catalog pictured no pink toddler clothing for two years.

“One of the ways [feminists] thought that girls were kind of lured into subservient roles as women is through clothing,” says Paoletti. “ ‘If we dress our girls more like boys and less like frilly little girls . . . they are going to have more options and feel freer to be active.’ ”

John Money, a sexual identity researcher at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, argued that gender was primarily learned through social and environmental cues. “This was one of the drivers back in the ’70s of the argument that it’s ‘nurture not nature,’ ” Paoletti says.

Gender-neutral clothing remained popular until about 1985. Paoletti remembers that year distinctly because it was between the births of her children, a girl in ’82 and a boy in ’86. “All of a sudden it wasn’t just a blue overall; it was a blue overall with a teddy bear holding a football,” she says. Disposable diapers were manufactured in pink and blue.

Prenatal testing was a big reason for the change. Expectant parents learned the sex of their unborn baby and then went shopping for “girl” or “boy” merchandise. (“The more you individualize clothing, the more you can sell,” Paoletti says.) The pink fad spread from sleepers and crib sheets to big-ticket items such as strollers, car seats and riding toys. Affluent parents could conceivably decorate for baby No. 1, a girl, and start all over when the next child was a boy.

Some young mothers who grew up in the 1980s deprived of pinks, lace, long hair and Barbies, Paoletti suggests, rejected the unisex look for their own daughters. “Even if they are still feminists, they are perceiving those things in a different light than the baby boomer feminists did,” she says. “They think even if they want their girl to be a surgeon, there’s nothing wrong if she is a very feminine surgeon.”

Another important factor has been the rise of consumerism among children in recent decades. According to child development experts, children are just becoming conscious of their gender between ages 3 and 4, and they do not realize it’s permanent until age 6 or 7. At the same time, however, they are the subjects of sophisticated and pervasive advertising that tends to reinforce social conventions. “So they think, for example, that what makes someone female is having long hair and a dress,’’ says Paoletti. “They are so interested—and they are so adamant in their likes and dislikes.”

In researching and writing her book, Paoletti says, she kept thinking about the parents of children who don’t conform to gender roles: Should they dress their children to conform, or allow them to express themselves in their dress? “One thing I can say now is that I’m not real keen on the gender binary—the idea that you have very masculine and very feminine things. The loss of neutral clothing is something that people should think more about. And there is a growing demand for neutral clothing for babies and toddlers now, too.”

“There is a whole community out there of parents and kids who are struggling with ‘My son really doesn’t want to wear boy clothes, prefers to wear girl clothes.’ ” She hopes one audience for her book will be people who study gender clinically. The fashion world may have divided children into pink and blue, but in the world of real individuals, not all is black and white.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misattributed the 1918 quotation about pink and blue clothes to the Ladies’ Home Journal. It appeared in the June 1918 issue of Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department, a trade publication.

 Source: – By Jeanne Maglaty



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Topics in Chronicling America – The Rise of the Flapper

The flapper craze arrives on the American scene in the 1920s, featuring young libertine women who bob their hair and dance the Charleston in short dresses. They frequent jazz clubs and use flapper jargon like “the cat’s meow,” “the bee’s knees,” or “that’s so Jake.” In 1922, the Weekly-Journal Miner (Prescott, AZ) printed a photo of a flapper, labeled from head to foot, complete with bobbed haircut, felt hat, and knee-length fringed skirt.” Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


Jump to: Sample Articles

Important Dates:

  • 1920: Olive Thomas stars in the Frances Marion film, “The Flapper.”
  • 1920: F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes a collection of short stories entitled “A Story of Flappers for Philosophers.”

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] British flapper, modern girl, flapper style, jazz, bob haircut.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results. For best results, limit your search to articles published between the years 1920-1922.

Sample Articles from Chronicling America:


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Why They Say That – Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride:

This phrase, surprisingly, was used to sell Listerine mouthwash! To promote their product, the manufacturers of Listerine employed the personal experience of girls at the time, who desperately wanted to settle down but seemed always to be left on the shelf. First used in the 1920’s, it portrays a situation and a possible explanation for the lack of success these girls had. Here is the transcript of the ad: “Poor Edna was getting on for thirty and most of her girlfriends were either already married, or about to tie the knot. How she wished that, instead of being their bridesmaid, she could be the bride! However, any romance of hers invariably ended quickly. There was a reason. Unbeknownst to her, she suffered from bad breath and no one would tell her, not ever her closest friends.” The advertisement sold millions of bottles of mouthwash and also gave the English language a new saying!



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